I am a breast surgical oncologist and I was inspired to become a surgeon because of my cousin who was a hematologist/oncologist physician and my uncle who was an ophthalmologist. Their mentorship and my parents’ support ensured I had the opportunity to become a surgeon.
I was lucky enough to grow up in an incredibly supportive family. My parents had always made sure we knew that higher education was certainly attainable, and we only had to decide which path to take. When I decided I wanted to become a physician, my parents and siblings were there to support my efforts and cheer me on. This included supporting me when I made the decision to join the US Navy to help finance my medical education, and also when I chose surgery which they weren’t sure was a good choice for a woman. I am very grateful to be able to do what I do, but I definitely would not have achieved this without my personal cheering team: my family!